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A Taste of Honey

A perfect example of how the 'New British Cinema' of the late '50s and early '60s has dated and become almost unwatchable. Richardson's version of Shelagh Delaney's play about a Salford girl getting pregnant after leaving home highlights the style's many faults: kitchen sink realism, when pursued as an end in itself, can be as tedious and unrevealing as an uninspired episode of Coronation Street. It's all very well dwelling on grimy streets, factory chimneys, sluttish individuals, and so on, but with no real attempt to place characters in an explicit social or political context, the story becomes reduced to a drab, voyeuristic celebration of ordinariness and poverty. There's no anger, no joy, and ultimately no insight in this film; its shallow reliance on clich├ęs reeks of complacency.

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tony Richardson
Screenwriter: Shelagh Delaney, Tony Richardson
Cast: Rita Tushingham
Dora Bryan
Robert Stephens
Murray Melvin
Paul Danquah

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5 / 5

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Emma Jones

Without doubt the most myopic and ridiculous review of any film I've ever read. He's completely missed the entire context and premise of the film. And the fact that it was light years ahead of its peers and rivals in terms of the subjects and taboos willing to be introduced, non-sensationalised and dealt with humanely, at a time when overt homosexuality in film would have been banned by the Lord Chancellor. Back to film critics's chool for you GA. Total fail.

Emma Jones

Without doubt the most myopic and ridiculous review of any film I've ever read. He's completely missed the entire context and premise of the film. And the fact that it was light years ahead of its peers and rivals in terms of the subjects and taboos willing to be introduced, non-sensationalised and dealt with humanely, at a time when overt homosexuality in film would have been banned by the Lord Chancellor. Back to film critics's chool for you GA. Total fail.